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Blowout Lindy Weekend w/ Kevin, Sharon, and Juan: Aug 8-10
Posted: 12 July 2008 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Blowout Lindy Weekend
Pittsburgh, PA
August 8-10, 2008

Pittsburgh’s Coal Country Traditions presents champion Lindy Hoppers Kevin St. Laurent, Sharon Davis, and Juan Villafone for a weekend of workshops and dancing this coming August 8-10!

Join us for three days of Lindy Hop, Jazz dancing, Shim Sham, Burlesque, and loads more. These workshops are for Intermediate and Advanced Lindy Hop dancers. There will be two concurrent workshops geared for these two levels all weekend.

If you are new to Lindy Hop, join us for our opening dance Friday night and the Intro to Lindy Hop lesson.

For full details, please go to http://www.coalcountry.org/lindyweekend08.html

Preregistration is not required, but it is encouraged.

Some Highlights:

Friday Night: Welcome Dance with DJs Lisa Matt and Sharon Davis

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon: Workshops with Kevin, Sharon, and Juan

Saturday Night : Dance at Swing City featuring Dr. Zoot.

All events are at Wightman School Community Building, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh

Check out details about our instructors at their websites:
Kevin http://www.kevinstlaurent.com/
Juan and Sharon http://www.sharonandjuan.com/

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Posted: 21 July 2008 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Friday August 8
10:00p - 12:30a Welcome Dance
Cost:$8 ($6 student) or Full Weekend Registration gets you in

Saturday August 9
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: THERE WILL PROBABLY BE CHANGES

Burlesque Part 1 ( S) (All Levels: Women)
Gentleman’s Fancy Footwork (K & J) ( All Levels: Men)

Intermediate
Partnered Charleston (J & S)
Jam Circle Steal moves (J & S)
Frankies Shim Sham (J)

Advanced
Sublime Lindy Connection (K&S;)
Spinning Technique (K)
Dean Collins Shim Sham Part 1 (K)

9:00p - midnight
Swing Dance at Swing City
Cost: $10 Not part of the weekend package, pay at the door

Sunday August 10
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: THERE WILL PROBABLY BE CHANGES

Burlesque Part 2 (S) (All levels: Women)
Gentleman’s Flash & Styling (K & J) (All levels: Men)

Intermediate
Turning Technique (K)
Solo Charleston (J)
Partner Dips and Tricks (J&S;)

Advanced
Flashy Swing Out Figures (J & S)
Social Tricks (K&S;)
Dean Collins Shim Sham Part 2 (K)

Full Weekend Registration (all workshops plus Friday night dance): $80 (Regular), $65 (Student)
One Day $50 ($35 Student)
Single Class $15 ($10 student)

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Posted: 02 August 2008 08:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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If you are looking for housing for the weekend, you can contact Lisa Tamres at ltamres @ pitt. edu (remove spaces).

The following is the updated schedule and workshop descriptions for Saturday.

Saturday August 9

1:15p - 2:15p

Burlesque Part 1 (Sharon) (All Levels: Women)

Burlesque is the hottest trend in town, a type of performance bringing together a sizzling dance style with elaborate vintage costumes, cool retro tunes and a lot of sassy fun! As a dance form, burlesque brings together elements of vintage jazz dance, solo blues, exotic Eastern, African and Latin styles, chorus line dancing and Vegas showgirl, together with the theatricality of vaudeville and the art of the tease. In these fun introductory classes, learn how to get in touch with your femininity and sensuality through dance and movement, and have a lot of girly fun at the same time! No experience needed

Gentleman’s Fancy Footwork (Kevin & Juan) ( All Levels: Not Just Advanced)

Not restricted to ‘only’ men, but as the title suggests, it will focus on footwork styling from a leader’s perspective. Juan & Kevin will provide a plethora of variations that will impress follows, bystanders and movie producers who might be lurking in the shadows looking for their next movie star.

2:30p - 3:30p

Intermediate

Frankie’s Shim Sham (Juan)

The Shim Sham originated in 1928, as a tap dance choregraphed by legends Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant. Over the years, it was adopted by tap and swing dancers and has become one of the most renowned jazz routines in history. Juan will teach what many consider the standard Lindy Hoppers Shim Sham as defined by Frankie Manning and most commonly done on the social floor when a shim sham song is played.

Advanced

Sublime Lindy Connection (Kevin & Sharon)

Learn the higher level concepts of partner connection that are simple to understand, yet deceptively difficult to execute. Emphasize will be placed on pure lead and follow techniques.

3:45p - 4:45p

Intermediate

Partnered Charleston (Juan & Sharon)

Originating as a solo dance “The Charleston” soon became popular as a couple dance forming the foundation of early Lindy Hop. Juan & Sharon will give you figures and technique to boost your old school cred as well as arm you for those up tempo songs.

Advanced

Spinning Technique (Kevin)

Especially useful for leaders, this class will give you the foundation for spinning on the spot with an emphasize on momentum, styling and musicality.

5:00p - 6:00p

Intermediate

Arm Work for Lindy Hop (Juan & Sharon)

As Lindy Hoppers, we often have our attention on our footwork, but this class will get you thinking about your arms and upper body, so that we can put the whole package together and start to dance Lindy with our whole bodies. With some fun styling for your arms in familiar figures, plus some tricky moves that focus on arms (rather than feet), you’ll get your top half moving and back in the dance!

Advanced

Dean Collins Shim Sham Part 1 (Kevin)

The Shim Sham originated in 1928, as a tap dance choregraphed by legends Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant. Over the years, it was adopted by tap and swing dancers and has become one of the most renowned jazz routines in history. Many dancers choreographed their own take on the Shim Sham, and Dean Collins created a stylish non-tap version that has become one of the most popular. Dean was one of the most influential Lindy Hoppers on the West Coast in the 1930s and 40s. Kevin will teach the Dean Collins Shim Sham over two classes.

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